Heinlein on “bad luck”

Instapundit dragged out a quotation from Robert Heinlen today that is so apropos and also in line with what Winston had to say in today’s quote of the day on my site:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as “bad luck.”

      — Robert Heilein

Thanks Instapundit for the reminder. I’ve just finished a Heinlein novel I hadn’t read yet (“The Door Into Summer”).   I hadn’t thought there were any in print I hadn’t read, and then there it was at B&N.  Very good read.


  1. What do you find appealing about Heinlein’s works?

  2. Ken

    March 5, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I started Heinlein’s books with this youth adventure series – the theme always being a young kid sees and does amazing things. Then into his mainstream stuff, which has a libertarian bent to it. Some of his work, in the 60′s was just wierd.

    My favorite, one of the only books I’ve read twice, is Starship Troopers, which sort of combines all of what he was good at into one book.

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